A hostage drama and a political nail-biter
On October 5, 1970, the political landscape of Canada was changed forever when terrorists from the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnapped British diplomat James Cross from his Montreal residence. Five days later, another FLQ cell snatched Pierre Laporte, Québec’s Minister of Labour. By October 17th, Laporte had been killed, the police were overwhelmed, the city was in chaos, and the army, in full battle gear, patrolled the streets. Then Ottawa invoked The War Measures Act suspending civil liberties in Canada.
Thursday, November 9, 2006, 9:00 p.m.
With tanks in the streets and citizens detained without charges, Pierre Laporte (Denis Bernard), Québec Minister of Labour, is murdered. Québec, Canada and the world are stunned.